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Ringen's article is interesting. I'm currently reading Kahneman and several of his themes crop up here: asymmetrical reluctance to acknowledge losses v willingness to gamble on gains; experts' overconfidence in their own expertise etc. etc. But another angle worth considering is economists as ideological actors telling horror stories that are intended to be self-fulfilling - to precipitate the crisis they predict - in order to, say, destroy the EU, kill off welfare states, curb public spending and so on. Paradoxically enough, politicians in democracies no longer have the luxury of such ideological recklessness, hence Merkel's admirable sang froid.
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2012 on calm between the storms at potlatch
News International's payoffs to hacking victims seem to be attracting similar reactions - maybe light at the end of the tunnel.
Toggle Commented Mar 7, 2012 on 'I want my day in court' at potlatch
Will - brilliant. Copy of "Carbon Democracy" just ordered.
Toggle Commented Feb 29, 2012 on Olympics as political bottleneck at potlatch
BTW, "The decline of America, and one might even say the West, is tied up with its failure to discover a legitimate limit to egoism" is an excellent thought.
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2012 on Shame: a Durkheimian take at potlatch
"But what is it about sociological interpretations and meta-narratives that eludes critics?" I think perhaps psychology is to neo-liberalism what sociology was to Keynesian social-democracy - its preferred mode of justification - with the result that sociology is now as taboo as Keynesian economics is among younger critics. Certainly the figure of the corduroy-clad, bearded sociologist is a favourite whipping-boy of rightwing commentators.
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2012 on Shame: a Durkheimian take at potlatch
Will - ignorance is closely related to privacy and secrecy, both consist of which produce and maintain ignorance in others. This makes it an essential good in some contexts. Mark Lilla wrote an intriguing defence of ignorance in the Wilson Quarterly ( I'd love to read your piece, will email separately.
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2012 on article on ignorance and neoliberalism at potlatch
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